Let's be realistic, when we head to our place of worship with our families, the last thing we expect to happen is someone to open fire there. It was the reality in Oak Creek on Sunday.
I had a chance to speak with Kavneet Singh out of California. He's the Managing Director of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Singh says he's in utter shock at what happened in Oak Creek. He says, "Your going to have people in this country feel unsafe to go to their places of worship and I don't think it'll just be Sikhs, Americans will feel a little bit of fear going to their churches, their temples, their synagogues, their musgids, this week and next week and this coming weekend."
He says since the attacks on 9/11, Sikhs have been the target of hate crimes and other attacks.
Singh says the Sikh religion was founded more than 500 years ago in South Asia. Their faith has three main principles. The remembrance of God, to earn an honest living, and to give back to your community.
Singh says the men are most identifiable by their turbans and or beards. That's why he says they're easily mistaken for other religions, like being Muslim. Singh says they're completely different with their own beliefs, and at the end of the day they're just like you and I.